17th Tibetan Parliament concludes its first session

DHARAMSALA, 12 Oct: The first session of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile(TPIE) concluded today.

While the first day of the 17th TPIE ended abruptly on Monday, the second day began on a stormy note as the parliament couldn’t conduct its internal meeting reportedly on motion 39 that relates to the parliament’s impeachment of the Chief Justice Commissioner and the two Justice Commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission today in the morning as the house yet again fell short of its quorum to hold the meeting.

The second day of the first session of the 17th TPIE then began at 11:15 am that saw the lawmakers discuss and deliberate on the parliament’s official bill and resolution.

The lawmakers unanimously passed its official resolution to express solidarity with Tibetan people inside Tibet who are suffering under repressive Chinese rule in Tibet and a resolution to thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his counsel that put an end to the Tibetan parliament stalemate that lasted for nearly 4 months.

While the Speaker of the House suggested Sikyong Penpa Tsering to introduce his final Kalon nominee before the former representative of the Tibet Bureau- Geneva  Ngodup Tsering, the latter chose to withdraw both his Kalon nominations instead.

As 18 Tibetan MPs staged a walkout on Monday objecting to the former representative of the Tibet Bureau- Geneva  Ngodup Tsering’s nomination for the 16th Kashag bringing an abrupt end to the session on day one. 

Speaker Ven Khenpo Sonam Tenphel in his closing remarks commended the house on the success of the current session and announced that the next session of the house will be held in March. 

While the Tibetan Parliament usually holds two sessions in a year with an interval of six months between them, the 2022 Budget session to be held in March will be a lengthier session, the Speaker said to accommodate a session that the house couldn’t convene.

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